Verdun Region Memorials of World War 1

Around and in historic Verdun there are numerous monuments, cemeteries, memorials and battle sites from the First World War that are preserved in remembrance of those whose lives were shattered by the horrors and bloodshed of that war. In this gallery are photos of the Douaumont Ossuary, the French National Cemetery in Verdun, the Douaumont

The ’14-’18 Museum in Romagne-sous-Montfaucon

Gallery introduction by David Laskin, New York Times, September 30, 2007 and Richard Ammon, GlobalGayz.com, 2010 In the tiny village of Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, adjacent to the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery and the Montfaucon Monument, a dedicated Dutch couple, Bridget and Jean-Paul de Vries, have opened the intirguing 14-18 Museum to display their extraordinary collection of World War I

Meuse-Argonne Villages and Memorials

The Meuse River–Argonne Forest region in eastern France is a hilly area with forests and rivers that forms a natural barrier between the Champagne and Lorraine regions. The Argonne Forest is about 40 miles long and 10 miles wide (65 by 15 km). The highest massif rarely exceeds 650 feet (200 m) in elevation but

Meuse-Argonne Military Cemetery

This gallery displays photos of three war memorial locations in remembrance of American troops who fell during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive 1918. (1) The Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial is a 130.5-acre (0.528 km2) World War I cemetery in France. It is located east of the village of Romagne-sous-Montfaucon in Meuse. The cemetery contains the largest

Gay Pride Attacked in Belarus

Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com May 15, 2010 Saturday May 15 2010, gay Pride day in Minsk, Balarus, arrived and there were no unusual surprises: trouble was anticipated and trouble there was. The gay participants knew the police would try to stop them. The police knew where the marchers were and intercepted them–but not before the combined

King Ludwig’s Castle Neuschwanstein, Bavaria

In 1869, King Ludwig of Bavaria oversaw the laying of the cornerstone for Schloss Neuschwanstein on a breathtaking mountaintop site overlooking his childhood castle home at Hohenschwangau. The walls of Neuschwanstein are decorated with frescoes depicting scenes from many of Richard Wagner’s, operas, especially the swan-themed Lohengrin. Obsessed with Wagner’s, music, in 1872, he began

A Friendly Trip into Gay Cornwall

By B.J. Epstein Autumn 2009 As my partner and I were planning our recent trip to Cornwall (in the far southwest of the English mainland), I was surprised by the number of B&Bs there that claimed to be “gay-friendly.” The last supposedly gay-friendly place we’d stayed at was a hotel in cosmopolitan London where, when

UK Government Aplogy to WW2 Hero Alan Turing

Westhampton, MA – September 11, 2009 Richard Ammon – GlobalGayz.com On September 10, 2009, the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown officially apologized to Alan Turing for the UK Government’s persecution of this WWII hero because of his homosexuality. Turing brilliantly invented his ‘Turing Bombe’ that crucially helped crack the German Enigma coded messages (sometimes thousands

Denmark – Copenhagen City Scenes

Copenhagen has a metropolitan population of about 1.9 million people. First documented in the 11th century, Copenhagen became the capital of Denmark in the beginning of the 15th century and during the 17th century under the reign of Christian IV it became an important regional centre. In 2008 Copenhagen was ranked fourth in a list

Denmark – Copenhagen OutGames 2009 Sports

At the World OutGames 2009 there were 38 sports: Aerobics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Bowling, Bridge, Canoe and Kayak, Climbing, Country Western Dance, Curling, Cycling, Dancing, Diving, Field Hockey, Figure Skating, Floor Volleyball, Golf, Handball, Ice hockey, Martial Arts, Billiards, Roller Racing, Rowing, Shooting, Soccer (Football), Softball, Squash, Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track

Denmark Cathedral Blessing of Gay Couples

During the week of the OutGames the Lutheran Cathedral in central Copenhagen wrapped its portal columns in rainbow colors and offered services and prayers for the gay community. One of these services was a blessing ceremony for same-sex couples to receive hands-on approval from the catherdral’s clergy. Most (not all) of those who came forward